Cascade Christian plans to start 6-foot-2 freshman quarterback Parker Johnson this season. Coach Randy Davis has been just as impressed, if not more so, with Johnson’s arm as he was with former state player of the year Jaelin Goldsmith’s.
Franklin Pierce quarterback Willie Patterson stands at a generous 5-foot-9, but he is the reigning 2A SPSL offensive player of the year after throwing for more than 3,000 yards and rushing for almost 800 last season. But coaches and teammates most appreciate his growth as a leader and the many adversities he's overcome to get to this point.
Willie Patterson, a three-year starter for the Cardinals, hopes to build off of last season, when he was named the 2A SPSL offensive player of the year and led Franklin Pierce to the first round of the 2A state playoffs.
Franklin Pierce quarterback Willie Patterson is the reigning 2A SPSL offensive player of the year, but can he beat lineman Scott Vise in The News Tribune's South Sound quarterback competition? That appears to be a far more difficult challenge.
The split 2A/1A league and challenging postseason standards are gone as the Warriors rejoin the 2A EvCo after a two-year absence. First-year coach Mark Smith, who turned Tacoma Baptist into a small-school powerhouse in the 1990s, aims to do the same with the Warriors.
New coach Tim Bullus has reworked Tenino's offense this season. The Beavers are running a high tempo, no huddle offense, anchored by a veteran offensive line and experienced skill players at running back and tight end.
The Associated Press releases its first high school football rankings of the 2016 season, with defending champs Gonzaga Prep (4A), Eastside Catholic (3A), and Royal (1A) starting on top in their respective classifications. Tumwater earned the top ranking in 2A.
Eatonville added QB Tristan Graf from Puyallup to complement an explosive running back in Ray Springer, his cousin, and a towering offensive line that includes 6-foot-8, 315-pound Jakob Wolfe, who is the son of former WSU center Steve Wolfe.
How would Eatonville replace Jacob McCormick, who led the Cruisers to back-to-back 1A state playoff appearances and threw for 2,183 yards his senior year? They lucked out when Tristan Graf moved to the area from Puyallup.
The News Tribune will visit 18 high schools from various leagues across the South Sound for football practice in the 14 days leading up to the first Football Friday of the season, breaking down some of the teams, players and storylines entering the 2016-17 season.
Wilson High football coach Don Clegg said this might be one of the fastest teams he’s had in his 29 years at the school. The challenge now, Clegg says, is getting that speed pointed in the correct direction.